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Alexis Jackson of New Castle holds her daughter, Lilly Jackson, 11 months, Wednesday morning during the Mooreland Fair Baby Contest. About 55 babies entered this year’s event.

By KATIE CLONTZ - For The Courier-Times

For some families, the Mooreland Fair Baby Contest is a tradition.

Take the Yanos family of New Castle, for example. Wednesday morning, 20-month-old Benjamin Yanos won the title of biggest eyes. And he’s following family tradition. Benjamin’s dad, Bryan Yanos, won the same honor at the Mooreland Fair in the 1980s. Benjamin’s older brother won the biggest eyes category in 2017. And last year, in 2018, Benjamin also won a different award – chubbiest baby.

According to event organizer Madonna Mawk, there were about 55 babies who participated in this year’s event, which took place Wednesday morning in the entertainment pavilion of the fairgrounds.

Participating babies were 24 months of age and younger. The entrance fee was 25 cents per category and there was no limit on the number of categories a baby could enter.

Cuteness was evident as babies were dressed in their best for judging.

And 21-month-old Katelyn Coffin of Hagerstown was no exception. Katelyn picked out not only her own outfit for the day, but also an outfit for her mom, Amy Coffin. Both ladies were wearing very pretty white dresses. And Katelyn ended up taking home the day’s prize for brownest eyes.

A total of 13 awards were distributed for categories that including: curliest hair, darkest hair, reddest hair, most hair, least hair, biggest eyes, bluest eyes, brownest eyes, longest eyelashes, chubbiest, deepest dimples, biggest smile and most sober expression.

Photos of all winning babies can be found inside today’s newspaper.